When the Apple watch first debuted, I wasn’t sure what to think of it. When I was lucky enough to get one from my wife this past Christmas, I was blown away at how much I use it and how much it has become part of both my personal and business life. Here’s my first 100 days with the Apple Watch.
Like many Apple products before it, the Apple Watch sort of felt like it was an iPhone, iPod, or iPad for your wrist. However, over the last 100 days, I have intimately used my watch, getting to know all of its ins and outs, tracking my fitness, having it provide me directions, reminding me of events from my calendar, and even answer phone calls when I can’t access my iPhone. While some may say the Apple Watch is dead, I think the Apple Watch is just getting started. Here’s how I have been using my watch to improve my daily performance.
Apple Maps have much improved since its’ launch in 2012. I find myself walking all over downtown Chicago and often, I’m discovering a new place. With the Apple Watch, I can sync directions to my watch, which allows me to glance at my wrist as I’m walking. The watch vibrates when I am coming up to an intersection where I need to turn and will also automatically reroute if I duck in a building for a cup of coffee on my way.
When driving, the watch also comes in handy. We all know it is extremely dangerous to check your phone while driving. With the watch, I can see and hear directions from Siri as I am driving. The watch also vibrates when an off ramp or turn is coming up.
Calendar Events & Reminders
I have always been a fan of iCal and use it exclusively for booking all meetings, events, and appointments here at BrandedWorld.co. Until I got the Apple watch, I always struggled with maintaining my iCal. I had all the good intentions of using it, but it was always incomplete.
However, since having the Apple watch, I have been more conscious of filling out my calendar. My watch then reminds me of events coming up, travel time required to get to the event, and traffic conditions. While these notifications are available on my iPhone, having my watch vibrate and remind me feels more natural.
Hands-Free iPhone Free Calls
This was a surprise feature to me, but one that I absolutely love. When your iPhone rings, your watch also lets you know who is calling. If you want, you can answer the call through your watch, just like James Bond or Mr.Gadget. If the noise levels around you are too high, it can be hard to hear, but instead of ending the call, you can seamlessly transfer the call to your iPhone and continue the conversation.
Move, Exercise, and Stand Goals
Most people think of the Apple watch as another form of Fitbit’s products. While it offers many of the same features, I prefer the Apple environment to Fitbit’s. Over the last 100 days, I have made a conscious effort to meet and/or exceed my “Move” goal determined by my Apple watch and my fitness goals. I started off out of the gate extremely strong. I quickly surpassed all three goals while on holiday over Christmas. However, as soon as I got back to work, my watch provided me data and insight that I had thought about, but couldn’t quantify before.
My watch and the Activity app on my iPhone began to show me over time when I was active, sat for too long at my desk, and when I didn’t meet a minimum exercise goal. While I was meeting my move goal, it was set pretty low to begin with. As I began to study this information and receive achievements, I began to consciously make an effort to try and meet or exceed all three goals each day.
With this improved effort, I noticed that I began finding reasons to walk more just to reach my goal, to take the stairs, or to walk instead of catching a cab, sometimes even if it was raining! I wanted to make my goals each and every day! I also began to feel better. There is an amazing feeling of waking up early, just before the sun and going for a long walk.
I also noticed that I was beginning to build quite a move streak. I just surpassed 100 continuous days of meeting my move goal. That feels pretty good! I’ve also had a perfect move week for 13 consecutive weeks. While these achievements mean little to the outside world, they are achievements that I can be proud of. And they boost my confidence to go find and pull in new clients, new audience members, new email subscribers. They are empowering.
“Consciously working towards small goals every day is what makes big goals easier to achieve.”
One of my favorite features within the health area of the Apple watch is the weekly summary it provides. It shows the number of active calories burned over the last 7 days, the number of miles walked and the number of steps taken. It also then adjusts your daily move goal up based on your past performance. Being one to compete with myself, I take it upon myself to crush my daily goal and get excited when Apple watch gives me a higher daily goal the following week. I have not missed a day yet and I plan to not miss one for another 100 days.
Personal Performance Affects Business Operational Performance
This article has focused on my personal use of the Apple watch. However, one of the things I’ve noticed is the link between personal performance and business performance. When you feel good and healthy personally, you tend to strive in the business world as well. You can’t do one without the other. So in that regard, the Apple watch, when used as a fitness tracker, coach, and motivator has really helped me continue to make strides in my business life.
We all use goals both personally and professionally. The Apple watch helps tackle your personal goals through your day doing business. The goals are simple, yet still challenging.
– Move (Active Calories goal)
– Exercise (Active exercise goal)
– Stand (Stand 1 time per hour minimum)
I have found myself actively pushing myself harder to attain all three fitness goals each day. My goal is to hit all three goals, seven consecutive days in a row. It sounds easy, but boy, miss on just one of the goals, even by a small amount, and achieving that weekly goal is over.
This translates over to the business world as well. Just as I push myself with my daily fitness goals, I also challenge and push myself with my daily marketing goals. My daily marketing goals are simple and measurable, just like my fitness goals.
- Set up 2 coffee meetings each week. I use Shapr for this with stunning results.
- Spend 20 minutes a day to engage and be active across social media channels
- Write 5 ideas down for future blog posts (I try to list 5-6 ideas from content, podcasts, videos that I consume)
- Complete 1 blog post to schedule each day (working to get to this point!)
To Wrap it Up
During the past 100 days, I have immersed myself into the Apple watch and have been pleasantly surprised with all of its features. Though I haven’t touched on all of them, the ones that I use regularly have enhanced my quality of life and have made achieving my personal goals much more attainable.
Do you have an Apple watch or a smart watch that you use to track your goals? What’s been your experience so far? Leave a comment and join the conversation.